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Cloud Computing Services

Red Cloud

Red Cloud is a subscription-based Infrastructure as a Service cloud that provides root access to virtual servers and storage on-demand.

Features

  • Users can request instances with up to 28 cores and 240GB of RAM. Each instance is a virtual machine (VM) that deploys in a few seconds in the cloud. A variety of VM configurations are available.
  • New in 2019: instances featuring up to 4 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs are available!
  • Users can request persistent disk storage (volumes) backed by Ceph storage with more than 1 petabyte raw capacity.
  • Linux and Windows Server operating systems are supported.
  • 10Gbit Ethernet interconnect throughout the cloud infrastructure and to the campus backbone for fast network access. There is no charge for network traffic.
  • CPU cores and RAM are not oversubscribed. An Intel Xeon processor core is behind each core on the virtual server for fast and consistent performance.
  • Control access to your instances by port numbers and IP addresses for maximum flexibility and security.
  • We use the OpenStack platform. Users can manage their cloud services using a Web console, command line clients, or any development library supporting the OpenStack API.
  • Your subscription covers 1 core-year of virtual server usage and your first subscription includes 50GB of persistent disk storage. Additional storage can be purchased separately. Your subscription is only charged when you request virtual servers. You can look up your balance at any time. Pay only for what you use with no billing surprises.
  • MATLAB Parallel Server is available on Red Cloud and offers several advantages outlined in our technical wiki. Users must be familiar with MATLAB Parallel Computing Toolbox (PCT) to use MATLAB Parallel Server. PCT is included in Cornell's site license. A PCT tutorial is available as a starting point for those not currently using PCT or you may add our consulting services to your project when you start it up and we will help you with PCT or any other problems you have. In addition to PCT, specific MATLAB clients must be installed on your local workstation. See assumptions for the MATLAB clients we support and other project start-up information.

Cornell Exploratory Accounts & Subscriptions

  • Cornell students, faculty, and staff are eligible for a free 4-month Red Cloud exploratory account (165 core hours, 50GB storage, 1 hour consulting).
  • Cornell subscriptions are $300.00 (8,585 core hours and 50GB storage with first subscription). Additional storage is $100.00/TB/year or $0.10/GB/year. No network charges. Discounts are available for multiple subscriptions (8 subscriptions = 10% discount; 16 subscriptions = 20% discount; 32 subscriptions = 30% discount; and, 64 subscriptions = 40% discount).
  • Optional consulting, e.g., building your virtual machine image for you so it’s all set and ready to go, is $71.70/hr. Contact help for assistance in estimating consulting hours.
  • To start your subscription, complete a project request form. A Cornell University account number is required to charge back to.

External Subscriptions

  • External subscriptions for academic institutions, public agencies, and industry are $510.00 (8,585 core hours and 50GB storage with first subscription). Additional storage is $160.00/TB/year or $0.16/GB/year. No network charges.
  • Optional consulting, e.g., building your virtual machine image for you so it’s all set and ready to go, is $155.92/hr. Contact help for assistance in estimating consulting hours.
  • To start an external subscription, use a credit card or create an invoice and mail it with a check to Cornell.

Subscription Unit

  • 1 Red Cloud subscription = 8,585 core hours
  • 8,585 core hours = approximately 1 core running for 1 year
  • Core hours are like a Starbucks card. You can use a subscription up fast by using many cores over a short period of time or slowly by using, for example, just 1 core for 1 year. They are good until they’re gone. The subscription model prevents billing surprises.

Help

  • Visit the Red Cloud wiki.
  • Still have a question or two? Contact us. We’ll be happy to help.
  • In-depth consulting is available for a fee.

Use Cases

Cornell powers Red Cloud with Eucalyptus
  • Big data analytics
  • Bursting
  • Event-driven science
  • High throughput computing
  • MATLAB Parallel Server
  • Parallel computing
  • Research wikis
  • Science Gateways
  • Web portals with database backends

Check out Cornell research highlights to see how researchers and educators are using Red Cloud or our case study on simulating carbon-cycling enzymes.

Sample External Subscribers

Red Cloud is available to academic institutions, public agencies, and industry. Sample subscribers are Boeing, Columbia University, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern University, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Purdue University, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UC Santa Barbara, University at Buffalo, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Wisconsin.

Private Clouds Consulting

CAC can also architect and deploy private clouds for Cornell researchers, other universities or industry. These clouds may include special features, e.g., HIPAA compliance.

Contact Us

Contact us if you have questions about Red Cloud services or are interested in discussing the design and deployment of private cloud.